The Glenstal Book of Prayer is a rich, nourishing resource on the dark, mysterious, but exciting journey that is prayer. It draws on things both old and new: on the wisdom of the Bible, enshrined in Benedictine liturgy, on the experience of modern monks, and on the wisdom of the Christian Church throughout her long and varied history. Coming as it does from an Irish monastery, it reflects in a special way the Celtic tradition with its earthy, popular and devotional prayers. Beautifully bound and designed, it is both prayer and inspiration. The first section is a simplified Liturgy of the Hours to dedicate and bless those two great moments of the day that bear witness to Christ: morning, when we celebrate his rising as the light of the world, and evening, when we acclaim him as the unquenchable light that never sets. Through psalms, canticles, and other words of scripture, through invocations and concluding prayers, the day is hallowed and the presence of the risen Christ is gratefully remembered. In addition, elements have been included stemming from the ancient custom of consecrating special moments to the Lord in the bustle of the daily round. These "prayer-stops" are the modern equivalent to monastic Little Hours, recalling as they do the coming of the Holy Spirit and the dramatic events of Christ's passion. They are an invitation and an opportunity to pause in the midst of work and turn our hearts to God. Night prayer (Compline), the last monastic office of the day, is included as the prayer before sleep. Its haunting psalms and canticles, its prayers for protection, its calling upon Mary are some of the most beautiful treasures from the storehouse of monastic prayer. They lead us gently across the bridge of sleep, from the glaring light of day to the dark cradle of the night and the world of dreams. This liturgical section includes a seasonal element so that the great festivals of the Christian year may be incorporated in our prayer, and a calendar of saints days so that they can be commemorated. A selection of prayers for that purpose is also provided. These can be used in place of the prayer at the end of morning and evening prayer. The second section consists of familiar prayers, those tried and tested prayer texts stretching back through the centuries: the Lords Prayer, the Apostles Creed, the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and many others. The third section, ritual prayers, provides prayer forms for various needs and occasions as they arise in every life, and a series of blessings. It will be a valuable and useful resource for the many times when spoken or formal prayers are looked for in situations of necessity, sorrow, joy, or grief. The Celtic element is particularly marked in this part of the book. There is also a special prayer for Benedictine Oblates. The fourth and final part includes psalms (to supplement the liturgical section or for meditation) and a series of quotations from the Rule of Saint Benedict. The latter, encapsulating the wisdom of this great foundational text of Christian civilization, can be read as part of night prayer (Compline) or simply meditated or ruminated upon as a source of inspiration in ones spiritual life. Thus, The Glenstal Book of Prayer provides for the whole sweep of prayer. It captures that movement of the Holy Spirit in the human heart that is prayer and through which God reaches out and embraces us. Includes two-color printing throughout and a ribbon marker.
This handy, pocket-size book has more than fifty devotional prayers for a variety of occasions: Prayer to Saint Joseph, Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, Prayer in Time of Sickness, Prayer for a Family, Act of Contrition, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love, Prayer after Confession, Prayer Before a Crucifix, Prayer for the Helpless Unborn, the Anima Christi Prayer of St. Ignatius, and many more.
Drawing on the rich resources of the Benedictine tradition, The Glenstal Book of Daily Prayer aims to share with Christians everywhere some of that tradition as it is celebrated daily in Glenstal. Building on the success of the first Glenstal Book of Prayer, this new book has been enriched with more psalms, symbolic material involving the body, and texts from the Church's Eastern and Anglican traditions. Containing daily Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer, the book also contains a set of "prayer-stops" for use throughout the day. It provides a wonderful help to praying with the treasures of the Church's liturgy.
This abridged edition of the Book of Blessings has been prepared for use when blessings are celebrated outside Mass or outside of the church. (Rites of blessing during Mass and those celebrated in the church have been omitted.) The numbering for blessings in this edition varies from the unabridged, but blessings remain essentially in the same order. Beautiful and durable binding.
Anyone seeking a more complete prayer life eventually comes up against the Divine Office, a formidable obstacle for the uninitiated. Here is a clear, simple, and complete introduction that will guide anyone wishing to take up morning, evening, and night prayer from the Divine Office. The basic principle of the Office is explained, and the method of putting the principle into practice is detailed. With the Office providing both the words and the discipline, a consistent prayer life based on the Divine Office can be built. Pocket-sized.
Every blessing the Church can impart is included in this ritual, as is information for the priest on appropriate settings for the blessings and background information. Although intended primarily for use by the priest and deacon, the book opens to qualified lay people the imparting of certain blessings in special circumstances. Approved for use in dioceses of the United States. Two-color printing and two ribbon markers.
From the earliest days of Christianity, the family has been called the domestic church. Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers is the perfect family resource for children who are learning the traditional language of prayer from their parents. Young and old alike will gather around this prayer book for many years as their voices in unison repeat the words of prayers and blessings for some of the most important moments in the life of a family, such as blessing the Advent wreath each year or learning to recite the Our Father as a family. Handsomely bound in hardcover, Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers will rest in a special place in every family's home as a resource to bring solace, celebrate joy, and petition God for His mercy and aid. Makes a great gift for any family.
Collected in this beautifully bound, large-print edition are many familiar and favorite prayers of the Catholic Church - 72 prayers and 4 novenas in all. Divided into "Daily Prayers," "Praise and Adoration of the Holy Trinity," "Prayers from the Psalms," "Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary," "Other Prayers," and "Novenas," all prayers are listed, along with their page number, in a table of contents at the beginning of the book. The elderly or anyone with reduced eyesight who loves to pray will welcome this collection. A thoughtful gift.
Faithfulness to prayer leads to a recognition of the need and an acceptance of the responsibility to pray for one another. By providing short prayers for each day of the school year, Daily Prayer in the Classroom assists teachers, parents, and others in the experience of praying with children each day. Daily Prayer in the Classroom introduces elementary school children to various kinds of prayer; gives teachers confidence in what and how they pray with their students; builds confidence in the adult's ability to lead prayer in the classroom or home; and offers children the opportunity to foster a prayer life. By continuing to pray daily, participants begin to see the connection between prayer and action. As they allow themselves to be open to the Holy Spirit they develop a personal relationship with God and with each other. Daily Prayer in the Classroom consists of short prayers for each day from August through June. Each day begins with an introduction or background followed by questions for discussion and a short prayer. Part One includes prayers for each day of the calendar year including the feasts of saints, prayers for those in need, and prayers for deepening spirituality. Part Two includes prayers for the movable feasts, the incarnation and paschal cycles. A special section of prayers includes blessings of people, places, and things; traditional prayers; virtue; personal, local, national, and international needs, and times of illness or death. Kathleen Foley, CSJ, has experience in elementary schools as a teacher and in administration. She was the coordinator of religion in elementary schools for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and taught in the theology department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She is the co-editor of Focus on Theology, a video and book series for adults, published by The Liturgical Press. Peggy OLeary, CSJ, taught religion and English in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. For eleven years at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul she coordinated a program for teachers of religion in Catholic elementary schools. She is the co-editor of Focus on Theology, a video and book series for adults, published by The Liturgical Press.
When families gather for meals, they are nourished with more than the food placed before them. Mealtime is a time to be nourished with the companionship of people as well. Both the food we share and the people with whom we share it are gifts from God. So it is fitting that we pause at mealtime to offer thanks and praise to God. This collection of prayers echoes the Scripture-yet another source of God's sustenance-of the church year. From Advent to Ordinary Time, from the Solemnity of St. Joseph to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, families will be reminded of the link between the dining room table and the eucharistic table.Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB, Ph.D., is Director of Liturgy and Director of Oblates for Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a teacher and the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Theology of, by, and for Everybody.
This pocket companion contains the complete four-week Psalter, sufficient material from the Proper of Seasons to allow for seasonal variations, and texts from selected feasts and solemnities. Lay people especially will be interested in this introduction to the prayer of the Church. (It's less intimidating than attempting to pray the entire Office.) It also makes a convenient travel edition for clergy who would normally use either Christian Prayer or the complete Liturgy of the Hours./p>
Witness and share in the Benedictine tradition of central Minnesota. Those who share the land of Saint Benedict's (Monastery and College) in Saint Joseph, and Saint Johns (Abbey, University, Preparatory School, and Liturgical Press) in Collegeville, invite you to experience the prayerfulness of Benedictine spirituality and community. The monastic communities, students, professors, oblates, and friends of these two campuses bring together their humble, honest Benedictine values of "Prayer and Work" and hospitality to create this collection which reaches beyond the campus grounds. Prayers are grouped under New Testament quotations, and inspiring photos invite meditation and prayerful listening. The assortment of works is as diverse as the lives of the contributors, including prayers for times of day, moments of rest, thanksgiving, and petition. This campus prayer book is perfect for college students, alumni/alumnae, professors, oblates, and anybody who feels a bond with College of Saint Benedict/Saint Johns University, or the larger Benedictine community. Kate E. Ritger is a 2003 graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a degree in theology and secondary education. She has been active in various groups such as Youth in Theology and Ministry, Prison Ministry, BEGIN in Service, and the student Benedictine oblate program. Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB, PhD, is director of Oblates for Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He’s a teacher and practitioner of Christian liturgy and the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Ministry of, by, and for Everybody.
Meeting Prayers is a practical compilation of prayers which set a spiritual atmosphere for the beginning and end of meetings. Meeting Prayers incorporates the needs of the faith community with the spiritual needs of participants at meetings. These prayers flow from a wide selection of scriptural and literary sources. Celebrating the unity and diversity of the members in the community, each prayer appeals to the often puzzling experience of individual needs conflicting with the needs of the community. Moving with each month of the year, Meeting Prayers lends support to the spiritual life of each participant who attends faith-building meetings. Each prayer includes a short introduction and background that follows the spirit of the liturgical year. The prayers bind the participant to the mystery and poetry that each season brings. A practical resource, Meeting Prayers can be used for all meetings of a church organization, special gatherings of the faith community, and for personal reflection. The collection is thematically arranged and indexed for use in a variety of gatherings. Chapters are "Prayers for Each Month of the Year," Prayers for the End of Meetings, and Prayers in Anticipation of a Critical Meeting. Philip A. Verhalen, PhD, teaches Christian Life Cycles at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of Prayers for the Classroom, published by Liturgical Press.
The Prayer of Christians, also known as the Divine Office, is the official prayer of the Church. This companion to that prayer will help you attain the communion with God and with one another which is the gift of the Prayer of Christians. Centered around the twin poles of Morning and Evening, the Divine Office brings together the entire Church in a common prayer of praise and thanksgiving using the divinely inspired psalms. The experience of oneness with the Church Universal is enhanced when the divine office is prayed aloud in common with fellow Christians in the parish Church. The Companion to the "Prayer of Christians" provides a distinct focus for each psalm and connects the meaning of the psalm with our personal lives. The psalms make us more and more conscious of God's infinite power, wisdom, and love by singing God's majesty and providence. This Companion will help you understand the psalms and see their relevance to your daily life, and, with such a perspective, it will carry you through even the greatest trials with hope. John Burke, OP, is the co-founder and director of the National Institute for the Word of God. He preaches Bible missions and retreats throughout the United States and Canada and teaches preaching at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition he conducts continuing education programs for priests, deacons, and bishops. Father Burke is the author of several books, and he works in both film and television.
Spanish and English texts of the most loved and commonly used prayers are presented in large, readable type in an easy-to-follow, facing-page, parallel presentation. The English text appears on the left page, with the Spanish text directly across from it on the right. Besides the most common prayers (Hail Mary, Apostles' Creed . . .), this treasury of prayer includes the Ordinary of the Mass, prayers for confession and Communion, prayers of devotion, prayers for the sick and deceased, the Ten Commandments, the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, prayers from the ancient Hispanic liturgy, traditional favorites such as the much-loved Spanish Poetic prayer to Mary (found at the end of Midday Prayer), and much more. Textos en español e inglés de las oraciones más gustadas y más comunmente usadas son presentados en letra grande y legible en una presentación paralela, fácil de seguir. El texto en inglés aparece en la página de la izquierda, con el texto en español directamente al otro lado de éste a la derecha. Además de las oraciones más comunes (Ave Maríe, Credo de los Apóstoles . . . ), este tesoro de la oración incluye el ordinario de la misa, oraciones para la confesión y la comunión, oraciones para los enfermos y difuntos, los diez mandamientos, las estaciones de la cruz, el rosario, oraciones de la antigua liturgia hispana, favoritos tradicionales como la muy gustado oracion poética española a María (que se encuentra al final de la oración de mediodia), y mucho más.